SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.
Communication et Culture I
This French course is aimed at students with little or no knowledge of French and is designed to provide them with basic language skills to enable them to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases in everyday situations, provided the person they are addressing speaks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. At the end of the course, students will be able to engage in simple everyday interactions: introduce themselves to others, provide personal details relating to where they live, people they know, and their various belongings.
FREN P16/3.0 requires students to submit assignments online on Queen's Moodle site. The course Moodle page becomes accessible to registered students on the first day of term.
This course is delivered using Tell Me More, a software program designed to teach language skills, pronunciation, and conversation.
Students will be required to take an on-line test at the beginning and at the end of their course program. The test will not count toward their final mark.
|Tell Me More language program||30%|
|Tutorial attendance and assignments|
|Final exam (on-line)||15%|
The course is divided into 12 units, one for each week of the session. For each unit, you will be covering a different theme in your Tell Me More online Training program. You will also be assigned specific supplementary exercises in the Workshop section of your Tell Me More online Resource folder.
You will receive information about your online exam from your professor near the end of
term. The exam is not proctored.
Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
Tell Me More language program.
To access Tell Me More online resources, students will be required to purchase an access card from the Queen’s Campus Bookstore. No other texts are required.
REQUIRED: A headset equipped with a microphone.
Tell Me More System Requirements
- 1.5 GHz processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 50 MB available on hard drive
- 1024x768 resolution, at least 16 million colours
- Sound card
- Speakers and microphone or headset
- Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7, 32/64 bits
- Macintosh OS X v. 10.3 or later
- Internet Explorer 6, 32 bits or later for Windows
- Safari version 4 or later for Macintosh
- Firefox version 3.5 or later for Windows
- Chrome version 4 or later for Windows
- Flash player 10.0
- 192 Kb/s Internet connection
Success in this type of course relies more on the students' personal efforts than in one delivered in a regular classroom. Since students will be expected to cover a large amount of material and make use of the numerous resources provided on their own, it is important that they pace themselves appropriately to keep up with the different units. Students who are unable to set aside sufficient time to work on the various online course components on a regular basis will have difficulty completing this course satisfactorily. In addition, students may find that they need to work through elements of each unit a number of times in order to perform at an appropriate level. Students can expect to spend an average of 10-12 hours per week (120 hours per term) on study/practice and online activity for FREN 106.
Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows Vista/7/8, Intel Core 2 Duo, or Mac OS X 10.8 or higher, Intel i5 processor, 2 GB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, microphone (or preferably a headset), webcam and up-to-date versions of free software (Firefox/Internet Explorer/Safari, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
|Letter Grade||Grade Point|
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.
How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.
Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's
All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.